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    18th Century Design Question





    I've been working on a proposal for a chest for a client. It's inspired by 18th Century furniture and will be made out of walnut. I've seen a number of pieces with similar ogee feet that have a bit of molding under the center of the doors and I'm wondering if this piece should have one. Any opinions?
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    I say definitely yes.
    The feet and fluted columns add elegance to the piece. I think that the molding under the doors ties the whole concept and style together.
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    Let me be clear. You're talking about a hunk of molding made from the same stuff as the feet?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bob Gibson View Post
    I say definitely yes.
    The feet and fluted columns add elegance to the piece. I think that the molding under the doors ties the whole concept and style together.
    Yes

    Quote Originally Posted by Dave Richards View Post
    Let me be clear. You're talking about a hunk of molding made from the same stuff as the feet?
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    another double yes,, but if there was to be some veneered panels with some special wood like a walnut burl i can see some burl on the additional pieces to bring the eye to the special stuff.. i have some east lake furniture old stuff and they done things like that back in there time..
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    Thankee, gentlemen.

    I'll see if I can figure out how you make that piece in SketchUp. Actually the feet were really a walk in the park and look harder than they are.
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    After 20 years of careful study (NOT) and dozens of years of hands on appraisals (NOT) in my expert opinion (NOT) i agree with what has been said.

    I love the flutes and for me i would put dentil molding along the top it always seems to go well with flutes, as to whether it fits the period that i have absolutely no clue. I am a design philistine and an expert at being one.
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    I was really hoping to get comments from our members for whom this design style would be considered "contemporary."

    Thanks Rob for the thoughts. I think I'll leave the teeth off, though. This piece is going to get fancified inside with some gold leaf and I like Larry's idea of the burl. I'll have to see if I can get the guy who is going to build it to go for it.
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